Report: Spurs set to rival West Ham in race for striker

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly become the latest club who are interested in signing Southend United striker Charlie Kelman.

The United States U18 international broke into the first team at the League One side this season after his prolific form in the academy ranks.

According to Football Insider, West Ham were leading the race for his signature, but Spurs are now set to challenge their rivals for his services.

The striker scored an impressive 61 goals for the Shrimpers under-16s last season and also managed to score 18 times in 21 appearances for the under-18’s before making the step up to Chris Powell’s side.

Kelman joined Southend at the age of 15 following his return from living in America.  While he would not be considered as a player who could make the step up directly into the first team at Tottenham, he would become part of the Under-23 set up under John McDermott.

He made his first-team debut for Southend in January and scored a stunning goal against Plymouth Argyle during his first outing for the club where he was previously a season ticket holder.

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